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RSS backs Chidambaram’s anti-Naxal drive
Published on 12 Oct. 2009 12:22 AM IST
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BJP may feel that the government has run out of ideas in tackling Naxalism, but the RSS feels otherwise. In a statement that may embarrass BJP, the RSS has soundly backed home minister P Chidambaram’s initiative to take on the Red ultras, reports Times News Network(TNN). RSS leader Madan Das Devi said that RSS shared the home minister’s view that Naxalism was a major national security threat, and perhaps more significantly, endorsed Chidambaram’s steps to counter Left-wing extremism. “We are satisfied with the steps taken by Chidambaram to counter the problem,” he said. Devi was speaking to media at RSS meeting being held in Bihar where he said RSS emphasised the need to keep the morale of security forces fighting Maoists high. “We appreciate and share the views of the home minister on tackling the Naxal menace by ensuring greater coordination between states,” said Devi who would be well aware BJP was in power in many Maoist-hit states. The RSS approval may well be embarrassing for Chidambaram as well — he was quick to distance the home ministry from Centre’s affadavit in Ishrat Jahan case — but BJP might now face questions over its own position on government’s initiative. For its part, Centre is likely to duck RSS “support” as there is little to object in it. The RSS’s backing is in keeping with the organisation’s claim that it would back a move like action against Naxalism as this was in sync with its own beliefs.

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